Power Builder – Christina LaDucaCosta

Christina_LaDucaCostaRecognizing strong Team Leaders who have embraced the power of team building

Christina LaDucaCosta | Team Leader from New York
Joined: April 2014
Total Downline: 11
Front Line Consultants: 11

“If there is anything I’ve learned, it’s to ask and allow yourself to receive support, and in turn give support when needed.”

Back in December 2014, I accomplished a major goal of mine – I graduated from massage school. Whereas school required most of my time and attention, it was extremely important to me because I was helping others reduce stress, lessen pain, and assist in their shift to self-healing. All the work and effort I put in was always worth it because I knew I was making a difference in other people’s lives.

The same can be said for my Apriori Beauty business, which is near and dear to my heart. As with massage school, Apriori Beauty has gifted me with an amazing support system consisting of mentors, accountability partners, and valued resources. More importantly, I’ve gained genuine friends who I foresee working with long into the future. For me, support has been the underlining factor in building my business. Yes, you can build and maintain a successful business on your own, but I’ve found that the more you work as a team and support one another, the more powerful and successful everyone’s business becomes. Each person brings with them a unique gift to the team. Some hold strengths in organization and commitment, while others are stronger in sales and speaking to potential Clients. If one person is unsure of how to approach a prospect, they automatically have a group to reach out to and receive feedback from. If there is anything I’ve learned, it’s to ask and allow yourself to receive support, and in turn give support when needed. I think that’s why my team’s Beauty Bars are always successful. It’s because we’re always radiating positivity and our guests are attracted to that. What we lack as individuals, we possess as a team.

In addition to the people of Apriori Beauty, what initially drew me and has kept me as an Apriori Beauty Independent Consultant are the products. There are so many cosmetic companies in this country that are causing people harm. I love Apriori Beauty’s concept of sharing because it really is about sharing as opposed to the dreaded term “selling.” Apriori Beauty is providing a product that is not only safe but produces amazing results – proof that you don’t have to sacrifice health for beauty! As someone who cares about the health and safety of others, I feel obligated to share these incredible products. Why? Because if I don’t, chances are they’ll be introduced to something else that isn’t safe nor produce the results they desire. Every person should have the choice to use a product that is safe and effective and should never have to compromise his or her health for beauty!

My suggestion for all Consultants is to take advantage of the many resources available to us through Apriori Beauty. The Consultant Back Office is full of retailing and business-building trainings, weekly momentum exercises, and Susan Twellman’s weekly “Walk the Talk” calls which always leave me inspired and motivated. Furthermore, it’s imperative you establish goals and write them down on paper. Goals are much more powerful when written because they keep you accountable and help establish your game plan for building your business. When I first started massage school, they had us write down our goals. I stated that I wanted to be working at a Holistic Center. Later when the school mailed out the letters we had written to ourselves, I had completely forgot I even wrote it, but the great thing was that two weeks prior to receiving the letter, I had just rented space in a Holistic Center. Never underestimate the power of thought or dreams – anything is possible! All in all, no matter what comes your way, focus on maintaining a high positivity ratio. Bad days will come and go and it’s not always easy to discard negativity from our life. Just as long as your positivity outweighs the negativity by at least 4:1, you’re set for productivity and success. Remember, every negative or failure in your life is an opportunity to learn and improve.

Power Builder – Kathleen DeRango

Recognizing strong Team Leaders who have embraced the power of team building

KathyDeRango_2014Kathleen DeRango | Executive Director from Illinois
Joined: May 2011
Total Downline: 29
Front Line Consultants: 12

The less time you have to devote to your business, the smarter you have to be with that time.

I love a good challenge. Several years ago, my youngest daughter decided she wanted to take up Taekwondo. As I was sitting on the bench watching her during class, all I could think about was how I’d rather be out there on the mat instead of sitting on the sideline with the other moms. I didn’t just want to sit in a chair, so I decided to sign-up because I knew it would be a great workout. I wasn’t expecting to, but I quickly became addicted to Taekwondo, and even kept attending after my daughter lost interest. It took me about three years, but in December of 2008, I became a black belt in Taekwondo. It’s an extremely high honor to be presented a black belt. A ceremony is held in which the Grand Master presents you with the belt and takes a few moments to speak about your journey to this place. I’ll never forget what the Grand Master said about me: “When I first met Kathy, I thought she was such a girly-girl. And she is, but she’s a girly-girl who never gives up.” This comment still sticks with me today. He was right, I don’t give up. Earning that black belt took perseverance, self-control, and discipline. So, if I could practice such determination and strength in one area, why couldn’t I do it in every other area of my life? It took a lot of work to reach the ultimate goal of black belt, and quitting was never something my brain ever contemplated. That perseverance has transferred into many areas of my life, including my Apriori Beauty business. Why not reach the top of Apriori Beauty and promote to Platinum Director? There isn’t anything the Silver, Gold, and Platinum Directors are doing that the rest of us aren’t doing – they’re just doing it more.

Anyone can promote to Executive Director at Apriori Beauty and be where I’m at; it’s not an exclusive club. If you truly want to grow your business, it’s going to require your time, dedication, and most importantly, consistency. You can be successful with Apriori Beauty while working a full-time job and being a committed wife and/or mother, but you have to consistently make your business a priority. Let’s say your schedule permits you to dedicate only one hour, three days a week, to your business. That’s great, but never let those three days go by without working your Apriori Beauty business. Since you only have that one hour, you need to be spending that hour doing right-now, money-making activities. The less time you have to devote to your business, the smarter you have to be with that time. Don’t spend it organizing files. Instead, go out and share. Work on obtaining Clients and Consultants. And whatever you do, always ask yourself, “is this conducive to increasing my business right now?” People with outside obligations can have a successful Apriori Beauty business, your time spent on your business will just look differently than others.

If I want to maximize my paycheck (who doesn’t?), then it’s essential that I’m a business builder and set the example for my team. This means working closely with my Consultants and helping them meet their goals. I call and follow-up with them, send texts, and even distribute a monthly email blast touching base with my team and highlighting specifics from Apriori Beauty’s Consultant Newsletter. This past November, I put the word out to my entire team and asked who wanted to step up and join me in pushing beyond our normal comfort zones, and really focus on building larger and stronger businesses this year. In my case, that means pushing to promote at least two more levels this year. That’s a huge commitment to put out there. Those Consultants on my team who decided to make the commitment, are part of my “Building in 2015” challenge. I do monthly “Thinking BIG” calls where we have guest speakers and focus on training and tips to build our businesses. We hold challenges and I always make sure I have prizes to motivate those who achieve what they set out to do. The key is, your Consultants have to want it – you can’t force them to work and build their business if that’s not a priority of theirs. I make sure that whatever we’re doing, we’re staying informed and focused, setting goals, pushing past our limits, getting recognition, and have a goodtime while doing it. Have fun is a very important part of this business.

The more my business builds and I grow at Apriori Beauty, the more I want to expand and help other Consultants, regardless if they’re on my team or not. The success of Apriori Beauty is based on the ability of all us Consultants. I look at Leadership in Apriori Beauty as a vehicle to help others and encourage fellow Consultants to push past their comfort zones and accomplish what they once imagined “impossible.” The beauty of this Company is that we can all rise to the top and maximize our success – it’s just a question of if you’re willing to get a little dirty and rise to the occasion.

Power Builder – Carolyn Glade

C.Glade_2014MARCH 2014  |  POWER BUILDER

Recognizing strong Team Leaders who have embraced the power of team building

Carolyn Glade | Manager from Arizona
Joined: April 2009
Total Downline: 36 – 3 Levels Deep
Front Line Consultants: 14

“A cookie-cutter approach to this business wouldn’t be rewarding.”

I love having a business that can be customized to anyone’s needs and lifestyle.  I was raised in rural Nebraska and appreciate the value of community I learned from being a small town girl.  When I joined Apriori Beauty as an Independent Consultant, I had just moved to Arizona and knew only one person in the state.  I learned I couldn’t build the business I wanted by picking up the phone and blindly making cold calls – I tried that.  Instead, I found several local organizations and became involved in my new community by attending meetings, volunteering, and even hosting events.  What happened first was friends were made, not just business leads.  Apriori Beauty may have been the motivation for joining several groups, but I am happy to say that quickly changed.  Friends supported my business early on with Client and business referrals and I did the same for their business.  My Apriori Beauty team was soon quickly growing.

The more experienced I became at networking, the more I saw that people were attending networking events in hopes of gaining new business right then and there; however, that’s rarely the case.  Rather than going in with the intention of conducting business at the event, the goal should be to meet two or three new people and spend your time getting to know them.  Make it a point to establish a reason to follow-up, and make sure you have their contact information so you can begin the relationship.  Any future business will probably come from a referral – someone they know who might love our products or business opportunity. I encourage everyone to get off the computer, go outside and into the real world, and act on the chances presented to meet new people.  This business will challenge, push and stretch you.  Embrace that and you will see your Apriori Beauty business develop.

It is important to remember there is a balance to what we do: helping people address their skin concerns while discussing the business opportunity when there is interest.  Apriori Beauty has raised the bar in the network marketing industry.  This is not a Company based on high-pressure pitches where only a few individuals have a true opportunity to create personal success.  Apriori Beauty’s Owners Susan Twellman and Elizabeth Vervynck have created a unique and healthy product line, and have paired it with a business model and compensation plan that supports everyone.  My team focuses on training to the $300-$500 a month additional income.  It’s realistic and an achievable amount to earn within just the first two levels of the Compensation Plan. If someone is interested in building a larger business, it can be attained from just increasing the same activity it takes to reach the $300-$500 goal.

I’m having a blast!  The products are warmly received and the results make Clients very happy!  I love working with my team and seeing their confidence grow as they build their business.  I am so fortunate to count the founders of Apriori Beauty as personal friends whose strong commitment and passion for helping so many individuals is something I greatly respect and admire.